ECE420 - Supporting Children Making Transitions


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Online, Community Based Delivery (CBD)*

Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Online, Community Based Delivery (CBD)*

From 2028:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Online, Community Based Delivery (CBD)*

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

This unit is only available to students enrolled in E330, E333 or E334


Students must have completed 12 credit points, including ECE212 and ECP228

Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: ECE350
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 3 hour seminar (on campus) per non-placement teaching weeks

Scheduled learning activities - online

1 x 1.5 hour online seminar per non-placement teaching weeks

In-person attendance requirements

The unit also includes a professional experience (placement) (15-days).

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*Community Based Delivery (CBD) is for National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation NIKERI Institute students only.


This unit focuses on knowledge and skills teachers require to be able to support children making transitions, whether the transition is from home to early childhood education (ECE) settings, moving from one age group in ECE settings to another, from ECE settings to school, participating in before or after school programs, or from home to school.

The unit will examine the teacher’s role in supporting children’s transition, including preparing children for transition, planning transition activities that maintain children’s sense of agency, and adhering to relevant curriculum and policy guidelines. The unit will focus on how to develop positive relationships with families, local community members and other professionals to create inclusive and equitable transition practices. Students will critique key stakeholder perspectives, analyse transition policies and develop a transition plan. 

As part of this unit, preservice teachers will undertake a 15 day professional experience placement in an ECE (E333) or primary school (E334) setting. During the placement, students will build on prior professional experience placements by engaging in a range of familiar and new teaching and assessment practices. Students will also undertake tasks directly related to transition practices and assessment tasks for the unit. 

Hurdle requirement

Professional experience is a requirement of the Victorian Institution of Teaching and ACECQA for the preparation of teachers. In this unit you will complete 15 days of the required professional experience (placement) in an early childhood (E333) or primary school (E334) setting. Satisfactory completion of the professional experience is required in order to pass this unit.

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